Date: 2019-12-08 08:00:11
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With another day in the beautiful city of Bukhara ahead of me, I headed back out to explore this incredible UNESCO World Heritage City. Come along with me as I go on a tour of the local handicraft workshops and eat some incredible Uzbekistan food!
Bukhara is famous for its long tradition of handicrafts. There are workshops and bazaars throughout the city!
The first craftsman workshop I visited was run by a man who makes knives and scissors. He makes them into different shapes. I couldn’t help but admire the scissors shaped like a bird, which is the symbol of Bukhara. I bought a pair for 10,000 som/ roughly $10 USD, for my mother-in-law. I got her name engraved on them!
Back outside, I came across a woman selling oily potato fritters made from fluffy dough for 2,000 som/$0.25 USD each. I thought it would taste better with honey or cheese inside, but it was still good!
The city was really quiet, as the only tourists were my group. Then, I came across a vendor selling some traditional hats for 40,000 som/$4.21 each. I bought two and haggled him down to 70,000 som/$7.35 for both. They were all made by hand!
Across from the vendor was a silk workshop called Bukhara Silk Carpets, where they make handmade silk and wool carpets. The wool comes from sheep, camels, and goats. Forty girls weave the carpets there. The most expensive rug there costs $78,000 USD! The most affordable wool carpets start at $100 USD, while the silk starts at $500 USD.
From there, I saw a vendor selling wooden elephant, turtle, camel, and owl figurines. All of them were from India except the camels, which were made in Bukhara. I continued through the bazaar and saw more vendors selling jewelry, clothing, and hats.
I found a guy selling beautiful paintings depicting the Silk Road. His artwork was amazing. In one of his pieces, he depicts Marco Polo, who slept in Bukhara for 3 nights in the 12th century.
Across from the Magok-i-Attori Mosque is an amazing craftsman who sells padlocks in the shapes of animals like camels, fish, and turtles. The turtle one cost 400,000 som/$41.99 USD. They were nice but I didn’t have any use for them.
From there, I sent to a wood-carving workshop. I saw more book stands, tables, and more. One table was 6.5 million som, or about $600 USD. He also made seats, tables, plates, and an incredible chessboard! Everything was so unique!
Further on was the Artisan Development Center, where they use red copper and yellow brass. There were nice bracelets there, and the nice guy there gave me a copper bracelet as a gift!
I also saw a woman making rings, earrings, and more bracelets. Then, it was time to eat some incredible Uzbekistan food at Old Bukhara Restaurant!
We started with a huge spread of tomato salad, meat and beans with chickpeas, eggplant with tomatoes, and more. The eggplant with tomatoes was like a bruschetta! The tomato and onion salad was juicy and out of this world! The beef with string beans and chickpeas was very moist and fresh.
Next was a wine and a bread with cheese inside. The mastava, a beef soup with rice and vegetables, had so many flavors! The rice had absorbed some of the broth. I added yogurt to it, which added a creaminess.
Next was lamb with potatoes and onion. It was so buttery. It was the best lamb I’d had on the trip so far! It was super tender and practically fell apart on my fork.
Dessert was a chocolate souffle with vanilla ice cream, which was like chocolate pudding with melted chocolate throughout! It was amazing!
Wow! What a meal of incredible Uzbekistan food!
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My name is David Hoffmann. For the last decade, I have been traveling around the world in search of unique culture, food, and history! Since starting David’s Been Here in 2008, I have traveled to over 1,100 destinations in 76 countries, which I welcome you to check out on my YouTube channel, travel blog, and social media sites.
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